California Drought Recovery - NBC Southern California

Coverage of one of California's most severe dry spells on record and its dramatic turnaround

Mar 16, 2016

LA Targets "Mega Users" of Water in Plan for Increased Conservation

LA Targets "Mega Users" of Water in Plan for Increased Conservation

Nearing the end of another winter of below-average rainfall in Los Angeles, a plan to create "water budgets" for "mega users" of water, and to impose fines in the thousands of dollars on customers who refuse to...

Apr 28, 2015

Gov Proposes $10,000 Fine for Worst Water Wasters

Gov Proposes $10,000 Fine for Worst Water Wasters

Gov. Brown calls for $10,000 fines for residents and businesses that waste the most water

Apr 7, 2015

Newport Beach Blasted For Water Wasting

Newport Beach Blasted For Water Wasting

Business and homeowners in Newport Beach are taking steps towards conserving water that will hopefully add up in the fight against California’s drought and limit the fines the city faces for not meeting...

Mar 19, 2015

QUIZ: How Water Smart Are You?

QUIZ: How Water Smart Are You?

The drought that's plaguing the Golden State is into its fourth year. That's long enough for you to have soaked up plenty of info about the reservoir-emptying dry spell.

Feb 24, 2015

City Considers Water Waster Fines

City Considers Water Waster Fines

Even more affected by the drought than most other Southern California cities, Sierra Madre is expected to authorize imposing fines to enforce its conservation target of 30 percent.

Jul 22, 2014

SoCal Cities Consider Tough New Water Waste Rules

SoCal Cities Consider Tough New Water Waste Rules

The cities of Pasadena and Arcadia are considering emergency water restrictions in response to the historic state drought.

Jul 17, 2014

Water Agencies Find Further Conservation Gains to Be Elusive

Water Agencies Find  Further Conservation Gains to Be Elusive

The two largest cities in Los Angeles County have already imposed water waste restrictions similar to the regulations that will take effect statewide next month. Though already empowered to impose fines,...

Jul 16, 2014

California Board Approves Fines for Water Wasters

California Board Approves Fines for Water Wasters

Wasting water outdoors amid the state's drought will begin hitting Californians in the wallet under get-tough restrictions passed by state regulators, with fines of up to $500 a day for overwatering front lawns...

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Coverage of California's water crisis and updates on what might be the state's worst drought on record. Visit this page for video, galleries and reports on what's being done to address the problem.

 

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Drought Impacts Map: Use this interactive map to see how the drought has affected agriculture, energy, plants and wildlife, water supply, industry and fire hazard.

 

How Much Rain Do We Need?: This tool calculates how much precipitation is required to end current drought conditions.

 

California Drought Monitor: A weekly update on drought severity in California, including a drought monitor map and short- and long-term outlooks.

 

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